2019 The Best Holiday Gift Guide + Eco-Friendly Favs
Oh boy, it’s that time of year again! I love helping you find great gifts for yourself and your loved ones. There are quite a few categories, so let me share my favorite things and favorite finds from the year! You might see a few repeats from last year, but that’s just because, honestly, they are great gifts!
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I hope you find some goodies on this list. I love everything down below and I'm stoked to share it with you! Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas, and if you have a December or Christmas birthday and feel like you get skipped out on, I see you, too — Happy Birthday!
Smart Sweets - This is the best candy ever because it's low sugar, tastes delicious an made with pretty great ingredients. They have sweet and sour gummies that you will totally fall in love with. There's only 3g of sugar per serving and so many flavors to choose from. So, whether you're team sweet or team sour (have you been naughty or nice this year?), there's tasty gummies for you to love. Plus, 3 of them are also vegan!
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Mables Labels Name Tags - These labels are so handy! If you’re a mama, then you probably know how easy it is for clothing articles, toys and lunch box items to get lost at school or daycare. If you like it then you shoulda put a label on it. Don’t lose anything anymore! You can customize the cutest labels and tags ever! These cute stocking stuffers are great for all the kiddos and even your furry friends. You can create 6 sets (all different names), and they have adorable designs, too. They have labels for everyone and everything!
Face Masks - Who doesn’t love a good face mask? I think they are great stocking stuffers because they can be used for a special self care time. My favorite face masks are from Andalou Naturals.
CocoKind My Matcha Stick - I ask my husband for these every year in my stocking. He typically puts at least 3 in there, and I use them for under my eyes, my lips or anywhere else on my face that needs some moisture! They help with dark circles, plus they are super moisturizing. I use them on dry spots on my face, lips, and eyes & I love their products!
Hand Frother - I use mine every single morning when I make my coffee. It travels well, too! When I’m not home, I bring this little hand held magic milk frother with me. I have used it at the airport, at a coffee shop, on a plane and at a conference and it always gets the job done! I add collagen to my coffee, so this little frother really mixes it all well when I’m on-the-go! This one is super powerful and works wonders.
Vital Protein's Holiday Sampler - This is a great intro into collagen! It's a great secret Santa gift for your health + wellness friends or an awesome stocking stuffer. I love this brand and use their products daily!
HuKitchen Chocolate - We love their tasty chocolate bars. I love to pop one in my hubby’s stocking. You can’t go wrong with any of their flavors. They are incredible! Everything is Vegan and Paleo! YUM!
Addictive Wellness - Another chocolate brand we love! They are so good, perfectly sweet and I just love this brand so much. This amazing chocolate is free from many things including gluten, soy, nuts, dairy and cane sugar, too!
Paper Greats Notebooks & Notepads - I found this awesome brand at ShiftCon in October and fell in love with the whole line of goods. You will see them listed down below in the eco-friendly goods but had to list their notebooks and notepads in this section too because they are absolutely adorable!
Nespresso Frother - I think this will forever be on my gift guide because I truly use it every day. It has saved me so much money buying lattes, because I can make my own froth and it’s so easy to use.
Lodge Cast Iron - This is my favorite cast iron brand, and we have quite a few. We use them all the time for cooking and baking and they are very reasonable, too.
Candace Cameron Bure x Dayspring Collection - This Holiday line is magical! I have a few items but want it all. The mugs are adorable, the cake platter is so cute and I love the apron, too!
Four Sigmatic Face Serum - This is one of my all time favorite face serums. It’s super moisturizing, made with amazing ingredients that you can totally feel confident in. You could even eat it, as it’s made of FOOD!
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Poopourri - It might be funny to give it, but trust me it’s a blessing to anyone’s bathroom because your poop doesn’t have to stink! If you don’t have this in your bathroom, then your bathrooms must smell terrible. Spray Poo Pourri in the bowl before you go, and no one else will ever know! My favorite scent is the Merry Spritzmas, and we use this scent all year long since we always buy extra during the holiday sales. I promise that you will never go #2 without it ever again. These make great house warming gifts, stocking stuffers or gag gifts that everyone will laugh at and then envy!
Vampstamp - If you watch my Instagram story, then you know how much I love my Vampstamp. I use it almost every single day to get the perfect winged eyeliner. I use the medium size the most and literally have the best eyeliner every single time! You might want to gift this to yourself this year or give it to any makeup-loving friend. Make sure you get their Vink - Vampstamp ink. I have tried with with my own eyeliner and their Vink and their’s works the best, hands down!
Kate’s Magik Aura Mist Pure Passion - This Jasmine & Patchouli aromatherapy spray smells so good. I found out about this brand from one of my very best friends, LivingCleanWithChristine.com, and I love spraying it on my pillow every night. It’s made with clean ingredients, no synthetic fragrances and is is free of alcohol and emulsifiers. It’s vegan and gluten-free, too. They have other scents as well, so there’s something for everyone! I love this for a stocking stuffer or perhaps to leave on the bedside table for your guests when they come visit for the holidays.
White Oak Pastures Candle - Oh my lanta, this is my favorite candle ever! I love the candles from White Oak Pastures. They are made from just 3 ingredients: Grassfed Beef Tallow, Beeswax & Fragrance or Essential Oil, and they smell wonderful! This is a zero waste farm, so they use everything they can on the farm, including the tallow for bath and body products as well as these wonderful candles. My favorites scents are SWEATER WEATHER and COFFEE.
Oil Diffuser - I use my oil diffusers every day and have one in just about every room in our place. I look forward to using it at night when I sleep but also by my desk, in the kitchen and even in the bathroom. You can choose whichever oils you’d like to. I prefer these oil diffusers because they are large, so you don’t have to fill them up super often.
Farm to Home 100% Organic Cotton Chunky Throw - I fell in love with this brand a few months ago when they sent me one of their towels. I even bought a sheet set and really didn’t think I would truly fall in love with sheets but, you know, “adulting” because I can’t even imagine our bed without their incredible sheets! This throw blanket is now a new favorite. It’s so soft and cozy and the perfect blanket to curl up with on the couch. It’s made from all organic materials and is is a lovely gift this holiday season.
Happsy Pillows - You didn’t know you needed a new pillow until now. Whether you’re buying one for yourself or for a loved one, you can rest assured (pun intended) on these incredible organic pillows. They are so soft and have great support as well. I have been sleeping much better since using them.
Happsy Mattress Topper - Yes, I know this might be another gift for yourself, but it’s definitely a great buy! Happsy uses only organic materials without any harmful chemicals, and you can add it to your existing mattress! Learn more about switching to an organic mattress here, and check out this mattress topper!
use discount code TOP40 at checkout for a discount on your mattress topper
Krysten's Kitchen's eBooks - Right now for a limited time you can get both of my cookbooks in ebook form for a steal! Both Eat Real Food and Happy Healthier Holidays are ON SALE! Thank you in advance for buying a copy! It may seem small, but, honestly, every dollar helps me continue to pump out more free content for you on my blog.
Celiac And The Beast - This book was on my list last year and the year before that, too. It’s on the list this year, and it will probably be on my list next year and the year after that. I could write a whole book about how much I loved this book. If you have celiac disease, know someone who does, or even if you’ve never heard of it, then you need to read this book. It is so informative, detailed, funny and 100% honest. Erica Dermer, of Celiac and The Beast, wrote this book in hopes of helping others, and boy do I think this book would help so many people. I literally laughed so hard and aloud on a plane while reading it. I felt her struggle, got angry when hearing about the misinformation regarding gluten and Celiac disease, and just felt as if she was sitting next to me telling her story. This is a MUST this Christmas. I promise that you will love this book, learn a lot and feel as if you have known Erica for a lifetime. I am very fortunate to know Erica, and reading this book feels like she’s talking to you and having a conversation with you! I feel like I want to pick it up and read it again!
GREEN ENOUGH - Honestly, I learned so much more than I ever thought possible. If you are eating clean but cooking your food on bad-for-you-cookware or using bad detergents on your dishes and in your dishwasher or storing your food in the wrong containers, you are doing more damage to your body and to your family than you will ever know! You can read more about it on my book review HERE, and put this on your wish list or gift it to everyone you know and love. This is truly a gift of HEALTH.
She Does Keto - This is a phenomenal cookbook from my friend Gigi Ashworth. She’s super hilarious, so sweet and great in the kitchen. If you ever wanted to know anything there is to know about KETO then this is a great place to start! Love her recipes and this book… and Gigi of course!
Eco Renaissance - This is a great book from Marci Zaroff (the founder of Farm To Home) which is all bout tips and tricks for sustainable life, living and fashion. This book is so informative and I adore Marci! She's super sweet and so incredible knowledgeable in this topic (and much more, of course). She's the gal you want to learn from.
Beautiful Smoothie Bowls: 80 Delicious and Colorful Superfood Recipes to Nourish and Satisfy - by Carissa Bonham. There are 80 different tasty recipes in this book and they all look incredible. The photography in this book is amazing, and I love that each recipe has a photo (something that is a total winner for me). If you know anyone who love smoothies (and who doesn’t?) then this is a great book!
NotSoHiddenMickey Ears - These Mickey ears are absolutely fantastic! They are 3D printed and are super magical in person. The detail that goes into each pair is just incredible, and I love that you can mix and match. You buy each “EAR” separately and they slide right on to your headband so you can change up your look very easily. I am truly obsessed with all things Christmas and Holiday so I am totally in love with the VERY & MERRY (which you could just buy 2 “merry” ears and go with it), and their Disneyland Castle ears in Holiday colors are so perfect for the holiday season. I highly recommend you check out this incredible shop! By the way, if you are looking at it before Saturday, know that their shop is closed right now BUT will reopen for Small Business Saturday and everything will be on sale! EVERYTHING! So put this on your list and check back on Saturday!
Nightmare Before Coffee Tee - Well, because so many of you asked for this tee and where I got it, you can find it here. It’s hilarious and comfortable and… well… kind of accurate. Every time I wear it people stop me. It’s even funnier when I am wearing it while drinking a latte.
American Tourister Luggage Tags - We just love our American Tourister luggage and have been using it for every trip for the last 5+ years. We recently purchased some cute luggage tags that ANY Disney lover will be thrilled to receive this Holiday seasons. They make great Secret Santa gifts or stocking stuffers, too!
Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, Revised and Updated Edition by Leonard Maltin - If you love Disney and all things animation then this is a great book! There is so much to learn about the history of American animated cartoons and there's no better person to learn from than film historian, Leonard Maltin.
Le Creuset Disney Mickey Mouse Ramekins - First of all they are the cutest ramekins ever and I bet anything you make with them will taste extra delicious and extra magical. Yeah I kinda want these for Christmas not going to lie to you.
Earrings In Bottle from Unicorn Crafts - I found this awesome store at a Disney event last summer and bought a few pairs of her Disney themed earrings. I have the Disneyland Castle and Little Mermaid INSPIRED earrings plus a few more. They come in an adorable glass bottle and are great quality. They are so very cute! There are many styles to choose from and you can get for your loved ones!
Disneyland Theme Park Tickets - I mean, yes, please! Give the gift of a Disney parks theme park ticket and create all kinds of fun memories at the parks!
Disney+ - It’s pretty incredible to see all of the movies available at the palm of you hand now. They all magically fit on this thing called an “app”… have you heard of that before? When I first looked at it on launch day, I got so overwhelmed with all the options that I just watched Peter Pan and called it a day because it was information overload. In a good way, though. I think this is a great gift.
Stasher Bag - Oh boy I love this brand. We have so many Stasher Bags and use them for everything! We have significantly cut down our use on plastic bags since starting to build our Stasher collection. They are spendy but honestly with how many times you will use and reuse them and stop buying plastic baggies it’s so worth every penny!
use discount code KRYSTEN10 at checkout for a discount
Paper Greats - Everything from this brand is simply beautiful. They make eco friendly, compostable cups, plates, notepads and fun things that are super instagrammable (hah!) and you can mix and match all the cups, sleeves and lids! I love that you can also use them a few times before composting them. Such a neat brand.
Hydro Flask - Last year, I bought a bunch of different reusable stainless steel cups of all sizes and colors last year. We use them every single day for water and even coffee, too! They have so many colors, shapes and sizes and even kid sizes for school. Whether you want to keep your water cold or your coffee hot Hydro Flask will have your back! And your beverage, too!
Klean Kanteen Straws - Let’s keep it real, turtles rule but paper straws suck! Stop using them and get some of these stainless steel straws! I use these straws all the time and actually tend to drink more water when there’s a straw involved. They come in different colors and often sell out, so if you see them available, grab them!
Farm to Home - I just love this brand so much! I found them when they reached out to me to send me one of their new towels. I watched their QVC debut and just fell in love with the brand before I even got the towel in the mail. I ordered sheets and have never been more excited about sheets in my whole life. Adulting? Am I growing up? I guess so! I love the towel so much. It’s so soft and cozy. I have a bath sheet which is bigger than a standard bath towel. And, now I have one of their gorgeous throws. It is so soft, fluffy, warm and beyond comforting. Whether sitting on the couch wrapped up with it or snuggling with it in bed it’s really a luxurious gift. Besides their products beautiful and snuggly and amazing they are also ALL ORGANIC! Everything is organic, GOTS Certified and all the dyes are non toxic! Definitley get your loved ones something from this incredible line!
Dryer Balls - If this isn’t a super grown up gift then I don’t know what is. But let’s face it. Practicallity is where it’s at and giving the gift of (jingle) BALLS for the HOLIDAYS is really a must. So they don’t jingle but they will save you a ton of money on dryer sheets which are also super toxic and bad for you anyway. This is a great gift for anyone. I bought my family members some last year for Christmas and while we all had a slight laugh because it’s quite strange to receive wool balls for Christmas, everyone has said how much they truly love them because they work: they help dry your clothes faster and more efficiently, softens clothes, lasts for years, saves energy and money and even reduces drying time!